Five Newsworthy Things in SA 6th May 2021:

News in South Africa 6th May: 1. Eskom winter struggles: Data published by Eskom this week shows that the utility has not been able to generate enough electricity to adequately meet peak evening demand. On Monday night it fell 254 megawatts (MW) short of peak demand at 6pm, and on Tuesday night it was 158MW […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 30th April 2021:

News in South Africa 30th April: 1. Municipalities could soon collapse: It’s almost clichéd to say SA’s municipalities are poorly run. Virtually every Ratings Afrika and Auditor-General survey reminds us of this. You see it with your eyes as you venture home over potholed roads, passing the street litter that is left to accumulate until […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 25th March 2021:

News in South Africa 25th March: 1. Repo rate decision today: The Reserve Bank is expected to make a rates announcement today, with expectations that rates will be held at current levels of 3.5%. Yesterday, CPI inflation for February came in at 2.9% – below the bank’s target zone, and the lowest rate since June […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 3rd March 2021:

News in South Africa 3rd March: 1. JHB road plant down for over 5 months: The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s R50m asphalt plant ‘has been down for over five months’. The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), an entity within the City of Joburg, is currently unable to produce asphalt at a R50 million plant it acquired in […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 12th February 2021:

News in South Africa 12th February: 1. SONA falls flat but TERS reinitiated: Opposition parties have described President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) as out of touch and out of ideas. Ramaphosa delivered little in the way of new plans in his address, focusing rather on reporting back on progress. For […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 11th February 2021:

News in South Africa 11th February: 1. National state of disaster extended: Cabinet has approved the extension off the national state of disaster by another month, with the next ‘end’ date set for 15 March 2020. The extension means the country has been in the state of disaster for a year. Critics and opposition parties […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 26th January 2021:

News in South Africa 26th January: 1. Jobs at risk due to lockdown: Nearly 1.4 million formal and informal jobs are at risk in the South African economy, with the current Covid-19 lockdown alert Level 3 restrictions having a direct impact across at least seven sectors: travel, tourism, entertainment, leisure, manufacturing, agriculture, and services not […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th January 2021:

News in South Africa 20th January: 1. Funding for vaccines ‘won’t be a problem’: President Cyril Ramaphosa says that finding funds for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout ‘won’t be a problem’. The president did not specify why it wouldn’t be a problem or where the money would come from, given South Africa’s dire financial state. Treasury […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 15th December 2020:

News in South Africa 15th December: 1. New festive season lockdown restrictions: On Tuesday morning, government gazetted the new regulations for the festive season (until 3 January) that are effective immediately. The new regulations compel all district municipalities to publish on their websites and in the local media information about areas with high infection rates within […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th December 2020:

News in South Africa 14th December: 1. Ramaphosa to address nation tonight: President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight at 20h00. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give details of a wide range of new restrictions on Monday evening as the country battles a second wave of COVID-19. Over the weekend, he met with Cabinet to […]

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